May Advocacy Wrap Up

CREATE’s monthly Advocacy Wrap Ups provide regular updates on our latest advocacy for improving the lives of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience.

Our Wrap Ups include:

  • CREATE’s latest submissions on issues including youth justice, residential care, housing and more.
  • Media releases and statements about current issues affecting children and young people in care.
  • Relevant news and research in the sector so you can catch up on what has happened over the last month.
  • A monthly advocacy focus. This month it’s our Youth-led Forum in Victoria.
  • Consultation opportunities for children and young people to ensure that their lived experiences and voices are heard in decision-making about the out-of-home care system in Australia.
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May advocacy focus

Final tickets to YEAG’s inaugural Youth-led Forum

If you are a Victorian professional working in a service where young people with a care experience regularly interact, don’t miss our FREE Youth-led Forum later this month.

Hear directly from young people with a lived experience in out-of-home care as they discuss topics ranging from education, housing and homelessness, youth justice and mental health. There will be plenty of opportunity for collaboration and networking and lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, contact our VIC team at or call (03) 9918 0002.

Who: Sector professionals in Victoria
Thursday, 20 June from 9:30am-4:00pm
Where: 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD
Cost: Free
Why: Gain insights on how to support young people with a care experience through meaningful dialogue with lived experience experts from YEAG.

Seats are strictly limited. RSVP with your dietaries as soon as possible.


First Nations kids need more than apologies – now more than ever.

Victoria Police delivers ‘long overdue’ apology for role in Stolen Generations.

Read CREATE’s response to the VIC Budget.

CREATE consulted with young people to develop Better Futures and Home Stretch resources.

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CREATE echoes the sentiment of disappointment from Chair of the Yoorrook Justice Commission, Professor Eleanor Bourke, and Indigenous groups in Victoria, following the release of the Victorian Government’s response to Yoorrook For Justice Recommendations. We share concerns that the Victorian Government has not supported Recommendation 35 to urgently raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years without exceptions. Young people with a care experience are disproportionately in contact with the youth justice system. CREATE urges the Victorian Government to hasten efforts to raise the age. We also call for the Victorian Government to reconsider its response to Recommendation 1 and commit to transferring decision-making power, authority, control and resources to First Peoples, giving full effect to self-determination in the Victorian child protection system. This is critical to reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in care.

Consultation opportunities

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Last year we asked our young people to workshop with the ACT Government on the Children and Young People Act 2008 reform. As a result of that consultation a Listening Report was released: Changing the Children and Young People Act 2008 – Stage 2

CREATE is excited to see that the voices of our community have been not only listened to, but genuinely heard. We hope to continue to be a part of consultations moving forward, with the aim to support a legislative framework that is inclusive and considerate of the needs of children, young people and their carers.

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